This morning was crazy and scary and, ultimately sad. One of the Guardians had to work today, so she got up early, went through her morning routine and headed out the front door. Moments after she left she came running back inside. She ran to the bedroom, shouting to the other Guardian and I only caught pieces of what she said. I heard the words, “emergency”, “help”, “hit by car”, “hurry” and “road”. I was chilled to the bone thinking that Mama Cat, Nacho, Cookie, Whisper, Beatrice, Minerva or any of the other dozen or so Limbo cats living nearby had been hit by a car, but then I heard the word “raccoon”.
So, one of the wildlings had been hit. This news was no less sad, and now I wondered if it was the big ‘ol male I call “The Beast” or the dainty female who helps the Guardians in their garden. I was worried for both of them.
From the Guardians’ conversation, I deduced that a Raccoon had been hit by a car. I hoped it wasn’t anyone I had met, but it was sad no matter who it was.
The Guardian that had been sleeping got dressed in about four seconds and went running out the door with a pair of leather gloves. The other Guardian grabbed a box and followed. When the Guardians came back in they both smelled of stress and blood. This scared Me so I ran and hid. When I came back out, both of them were gone. I knew they were OK, but I was still worried about the wildling.
After the Guardians left, I came out of hiding, but I was still worried about the fate of the wildling.
The Guardian that had jumped out of bed returned over an hour later. As he came in the door, I could smell the sadness on him. He came over to the couch where I was resting, patted Me on the head and said, “He didn’t make it buddy.” I gave him My best, “everything’s OK” look, and then settled back on the couch to reflect on what had happened.
The fate of this Raccoon is a stark reminder of the danger that cars pose to cats and wildlings alike. Wildlings don’t have Guardians that are responsible for preventing them from being in harm’s way, but cats do. If a Raccoon is struck by a car, it is a sad, unfortunate accident. If a cat is hit by a car it is even sadder, because the cat should not have been allowed to be in the road in the first place.
Please watch out for both the wildlings and the Limbo kitties while you are out there on the road. And please be true Guardians to your own kitties and keep them safely out of harm’s way.
So Sayeth Otis
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